For Immediate Release
Imerman Angels and MyLifeLine.org Partner To Bring Social Support Services to Cancer Patients and Caregivers
CHICAGO (June 2016) – Imerman Angels and MyLifeLine.org Cancer Foundation announce a new partnership to bring social and emotional support services to more people impacted by cancer. Imerman Angels, a global nonprofit that provides free one-on-one support to cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers, is joining with MyLifeLine.org, an organization that empowers cancer patients and caregivers to build an online support community of family and friends through free, personalized websites.Imerman Angels, currently celebrating its 10-year anniversary, matches cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers with a Mentor Angel – a volunteer who has been through the same experience. Criteria including type of cancer, stage, age and lifestyle are all taken into account when making the matches.
MyLifeLine.org connects cancer patients and caregivers to their community of family and friends for social and emotional support by providing unique communication and stress reducing tools that allow patients and caregivers to share their journey and focus on healing.
Imerman Angels and MyLifeLine.org were both founded by young adults diagnosed with cancer, who realized during their fight that there was a void in the cancer community that needed to be filled: emotional and social support.
MyLifeLine.org founder Marcia Donziger was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was just 27 years old. She felt grateful, yet overwhelmed, by the number of calls she received from family and friends wanting an update on her condition. At times, she felt emotionally drained from repeating the same information over and over again. Marcia saw an opportunity to make a difference for other cancer patients, and began extending the benefit of a free, personal website to all cancer patients and caregivers through MyLifeLine.org.
Jonny Imerman, founder of Imerman Angels, was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 26. Throughout his experience, Jonny was lucky enough to have loving support from his family and friends, but he had never met anyone his age who was a cancer fighter or survivor. He wanted to talk to someone who truly understood what he was going through, who was intimately familiar with his experience. In short, he was looking for someone around the same age who had survived the same type of cancer. This was the beginning of Jonny’s vision, which became a reality when he founded Imerman Angels.
“To date, Imerman Angels and MyLifeLine.org have provided support to over 175,000 cancer fighters, survivors, caregivers and their friends and family members, and hope to reach thousands more through our combined efforts. This partnership will significantly broaden the community and reach of both organizations, allowing us to help thousands more of those whose lives have been affected by cancer. The potential impact is enormous,” says Imerman Angels CEO and Executive Director Ben Bornstein, a three-time cancer survivor.
"This partnership offers cancer patients and caregivers two ways to receive social and emotional support through referrals and resources from both organizations,” says Pete Sheehan, MyLifeLine.org CEO. “Imerman Angels provides one-on-one support which is incredibly beneficial to people impacted by cancer. MyLifeLine.org allows patients and caregivers to connect with their entire community for inspiration and encouragement, which is a one-to-many support model. Together we will be able to help a greater number of cancer patients find the type of support service that best meets their needs. Our combined goal is to help get people through their cancer journey and achieve a positive outcome.”
For more information on Imerman Angels, visit www.ImermanAngels.org or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).
For more information on MyLifeLine.org, visit www.MyLifeLine.org or call 888-234-2468.
About Imerman Angels
Imerman Angels, celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2016, is the leading one-on-one cancer support community. It carefully matches cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers with a Mentor Angel – a volunteer who has gone through the same experience. These one-on-one relationships inspire hope and offer the chance to ask personal questions and receive support from someone who is intimately familiar with the experience. The service is absolutely free and helps anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any cancer stage level, at any age, living anywhere in the world. Imerman Angels is a federally registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
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MyLifeLine.org connects cancer patients and caregivers to their community of family and friends for social and emotional support. The organization provides unique communication and stress reducing tools that allow patients and caregivers to share their journey and focus on healing. Tools and services include a helping calendar to coordinate volunteer assistance, blog space to share information about their cancer journey, a fundraising tool to raise money for medical needs, and resources for more than 90 cancer types. Since its inception in 2007, the organization has directly served more than 151,000 patients, caregivers, friends and family members.